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1969
20th Century
22 1/2 x 25 1/4 in. (57.2 x 64.1 cm)

Corita (aka Sister Mary Corita Kent), American, (1918–1986)
Published by International Graphic Arts Society (IGAS), American, (c. 1950–1973?)

Object Type: PRINTS
Creation Place: North America
Medium and Support: Color Serigraph
Accession Number: 69-G-267
See the interpretive label written by Rebecca Oviedo, MA '16, Collections Manager/Registrar, La Salle University Art Museum, for the exhibition Teaching and Learning in the Art Museum: La Salle University Faculty Selections in the online exhibition HERE.


About the Artist:

Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. At age 18 she entered the religious order Immaculate Heart of Mary, eventually teaching in and then heading up the art department at Immaculate Heart College. Her work evolved from figurative and religious to incorporating advertising images and slogans, popular song lyrics, biblical verses, and literature. Throughout the ‘60s, her work became increasingly political, urging viewers to consider poverty, racism, and injustice. In 1968 she left the order and moved to Boston. After 1970, her work evolved into a sparser, introspective style, influenced by living in a new environment, a secular life, and her battles with cancer. She remained active in social causes until her death in 1986. At the time of her death, she had created almost 800 serigraph editions, thousands of watercolors, and innumerable public and private commissions.
- from The Corita Art Center, http://corita.org/

About the print:

"Lawrence has written of Jesus coming "into touch" with life after his crucifixion and mission, and the great cosmic atonement at last accomplished by being in touch with the life forces of nature and finally with a woman. With her sensitive ability to combinate, Corita puts things and people very much in touch here, in touch with all the light that there is in darkness and all the darkness that exists even in the seeming light."
- Celia T. Hubbard, Director of The Botolph Group, Inc. (Published in International Graphic Arts Society, subscription catalogue, series #85, September, 1969).

Transcription:

"but the man looked at the vivid stars before dawn, as they rained down to the sea, and the dog-star green toward's the sea's rim. And he thought: "How plastic is it, how full of curves and folds like an invisible rose of dark-petalled openness that shows where the dew touches its darkeness! How full it is, and great beyond all gods. How it leans around me, and I am part of it, the great rose of space. I am like a grain of its beauty. Now the world is one flower of many petalled darknessess, and I am in its perfume as in a touch." " This is the great atonement, to be in touch..."
- D. H . Lawrence, from The Man Who Died
Current Location: Storage : Works on Paper : Drawers : D1

Exhibitions
- "Teaching and Learning in the Art Museum: La Salle University Faculty Selections," La Salle University Art Museum, September 10 - December 14, 2018.
See the online exhibition HERE: http://digitalcommons.lasalle.edu/faculty_selections_2018/

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